HILLS locals visited Mundaring pound recently to get their four-legged friends microchipped for free.
The service was provided courtesy of 10 rangers training to become authorised implanters at Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus.
As part of their training, rangers are required to implant 15 animals with microchips, including five cats and five dogs, under the supervision of a registered veterinarian.
Mundaring Shire President David Lavell said the training, which had been in place since 2013, was run two to four times per year depending on demand.
“Microchips are a permanent method of electronic identification and are more reliable than collars which can easily fall off,” Cr Lavell said.
“Under the Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 it is a legal requirement to have your cat and dog microchipped, and these training sessions offer an excellent opportunity for community members to do so at no charge.”
Animal Studies Lecturer at Central Regional TAFE Sharleen Jordan said the training had been mutually beneficial for her students and the community.
“It is hard to find enough animals for the rangers to microchip, so we offer it to the public,” Ms Jordan said.
“It has been a great arrangement so far, benefitting both the rangers in their training and the public who get their animals microchipped for free.”
Of the 28 animals microchipped under Dr Duncan Hargest’s supervision, the standout patient of the day was a six-month old Stimson python named Noodle.
Ms Jordan said animals commonly microchipped as part of the training included cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets.
Inserting a microchip means your pet can be easily identified by a ranger, animal shelter or veterinarian regardless of the situation.
Once identified, the owner can be contacted immediately and informed of the location of the pet.
If the pet has been stolen and then later recovered, ownership of your pet can be challenged. Microchipping is the only way you can prove ownership of your beloved pet.
The next free microchipping service to be offered at Mundaring Pound is scheduled for October 2017.
By Michelle Beaven